foto of me in INgapircaSince 2005, my husband Michael Jenkins and I divide our time between Portland, Oregon and the small town of Cañar, 10,100 feet in the southern Andes of Ecuador. There, my work as photographer and writer has led to two books, Cañar: A Year in the Highlands of Ecuador, and Our House in the Clouds, (both published by University of Texas Press) as well as exhibitions in the U.S., Canada and Ecuador; and long-term projects with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. I’ve recently added “archivist” to my CV as I’ve begun printing and digitizing the glass plate and early celluloid negatives of a traditional Cañar town photographer, Rigoberto Navas. The Navas photographs will be part of a larger project, the Archivo Fotográfico de Cañar, a repository of historic and contemporary photographs, video, music, oral history recordings and documents.

I’ve been lucky to receive grants to continue the work I love. In the early years, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council awards provided funds for research and exhibits in Toronto and Costa Rica. Since 2000 support for my work in Ecuador has come from two Fulbright senior scholar awards, the Oregon Arts Council, Organization of American States. I’ve recently received a third Fulbright grant for 2015-16.




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  1. Hey Jude, your blog is looking good! I am now subscribed so I will be aware of when you add new posts so I can read them and share them with facebook friends. Very nice. Let me know if you want me to do anything on your blog. You seem to have it all under control now 🙂 Congratulations…now you just need to sell some advertising (just joking).

  2. Judy, I am Alan Adams, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cañar with Preston Wilson. He told me about your blog. I love the pictures and stories! It’s interesting to see how the market has changed. I used to buy some roast pig on a banana leaf and fresh bread out of the oven every Sunday. I wrote you an e-mail recently as a way of introduction. I have some material that I wrote about life in the early agrarian reform that I would like to edit and send to you if you could use it. It would also be wonderful if I could find a way to reconnect with some of the people that I knew when I was in Cañar.

  3. Hi,Judi.

    I have some pictures,about El Salvador,Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

    I need your permission for use or may be you could donate for a museum in El Salvador. Robin Cohen was close friend of my.When she died I found those pictures,but until the past night I found your name and your history.I could scan the pictures for you. My regards

  4. Judy, I am the co-program chair of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) Portland Branch. I saw in your bio that you live part-time in Portland. Someone had suggested that you might be willing to speak with our group sometime when you are back in Portland. I’m sure our members would find your background and work as well as a discussion of the two books you have published very interesting. I would appreciate it if you could let me know if you would be interested in speaking to our group and if so, when you will be back in Portland. Thank you, Diane Winn

  5. Que entusiasmado y contento me siento por ti, al saber que tus vivencias las publicas por este medio. Muchas felicidades y éxitos. Espero pronto encontrarnos en Cañar. Un abrazo.

    Excited and happy that I feel for you, knowing that your experiences the public in this way. Congratulations and success. I hope to soon find Canar. A hug.

    Disculpa por mi inglés.


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